Snow Coming To Charlotte, NC! 7 Tips To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing!

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The Charlotte, North Carolina region is expecting a snow storm later tonight into Saturday with a snow fall of as many as six inches before it's over. Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 8 degrees overnight on Saturday. As any Charlottean knows, this is not typical weather for us and it's easy to forget to take some precautions to ensure that your pipes don't freeze and burst. Here are  tips to help you keep your pipes from freezing this weekend and causing expensive damage to your home:

 

7 Tips To Keep Your Charlotte Home's Pipes From Freezing

 

  1. Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing during the night (especially where you might have pipes next to an exterior wall).

  2. Set your thermostat  to stay at same temperature during the day and at night. And even if you are away from your home, make certain that the thermostat is set to no lower than 55 degrees, but it's recommended you keep the temperature constant at 68 degrees or higher. And consider turning off your water completely if you won't be at home, especially the valves to your clothes washer.

  3. Let cold water drip from faucets in your home. Running water through the pipes, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing by relieving pressure, especially at night when temperatures plummet.

  4. Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents to keep cold air from entering.

  5. You can insulate water pipes with a "pipe sleeve" or install UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Some recommend doing this on interior pipes as well. If your local hardware store has run out of this material, you can help insulate by using newspapers.

  6. Placing an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots can reduce the likelihood of water pipes freezing. If you haven't already done so, disconnect your water hose from your outdoor spigot.

  7. If you have water supply lines in your garage, be sure to keep the garage doors closed.

 

Click on the picture below from Safewise.com for more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes, what to do if your pipes freeze, and information on products that will help you keep pipes from freezing.

 

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

 

 

"Snow Sprouts" Image courtesy of ahmet guler at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

These tips to prevent pipes from freezing in your Charlotte area home are brought to you courtesy of  Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, RE/MAX Executive Realty, your Charlotte metro area real estate consultants. 

 

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Jerry Newman
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Hi Nina. I heard the bad news about all that snow coming your way. Get out the snow plows and shovels. Great tips for preparing all those in the North Carolina area. Stay by your fireplace  and don't venture out anywhere until all this passes.

Jan 06, 2017 12:03 PM #33
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Jerry Newman ~ hi Jerry... I just sit around and wait for it to melt! No big shovels for me!

Jan 06, 2017 02:43 PM #34
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Nina, I have had my share of frozen pipes when on the farm.

Now I do the above andturn up the temp a couple degrees also

Jan 06, 2017 04:21 PM #35
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That is especially important for those homes with pipes in the crawl spaces.  A little water usage is a safe way to save the pipes

Jan 06, 2017 04:32 PM #36
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 Hi Nina it has gotten so every December when I leave California for my wor-cation, I always email all my sellers and send them tips for cold weather. Because pipe will freeze, burst and flood the house. I've had one of those almost every year for the last eight or nine years; invariably owners go on vacation, turn off all the Heat. I've had one of those almost every year for the last eight or nine years.  

Jan 06, 2017 04:56 PM #37
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We are supposed to get four to eight inches here Nina, we are stocked up on food and hunkered down in the house.

Jan 06, 2017 06:40 PM #38
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Nina

Timely post for the 7 tips to keep your pipes from freezing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 06, 2017 07:20 PM #39
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Good morning Nina.  Friday the county just south of us closed their schools.  We received just a dusting.  Thankfully I winterized our outside faucets about a month ago.  Hope you stay warm and safe.

Jan 07, 2017 03:04 AM #40
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James Dray ~ good morning, James... my part of south Charlotte has seen no snow... just a bit if icy rain. But other parts not too far away have several inches. It's all over the board right now.

Jan 07, 2017 04:29 AM #41
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Lou Ludwig ~ hi Lou... considering it will be below 20's at night, people really need to take heed here.

Jan 07, 2017 04:29 AM #42
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Sybil Campbell ~ good morning, Sybil... stay safe and warm. We were expecting up to 9 inches over night and my part of south Charlotte has had no snow whatsoever... just some icy rain.

Jan 07, 2017 04:30 AM #43
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - good morning, Elizabeth... I am always telling sellers not to totally turn off heat or a/c at the appropriate seasons. It makes the homes uncomfortable for prospective buyers, poses risks in cold weather, and the cost of cranking up heat or air when nothing has been running for weeks or months can cost more than just keeping it running steady. And here in the south, the moisture issues are a problem if you totally turn off a/c in the hot weather seasons.

Jan 07, 2017 04:33 AM #44
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Ed Silva ~ good morning, Ed... burst pipes aren't anything to write home about even in homes on slab... and we have a lot of those here.

Jan 07, 2017 04:34 AM #45
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William Feela ~ good morning, Bill... the extra bit of cost for heating has to be way less than the cost of repairs from water damage and burst pipes, I would think.

Jan 07, 2017 04:35 AM #46
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I flew through Charlotte Tuesday Nina Hollander . Stay safe with the snow

Jan 07, 2017 05:25 AM #47
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Scott Godzyk ~ hi Scott.... Charlotte-Douglas is a great airport and easy to navigate. As for today, lots of delayed flights and cancelled ones. But we should be back to normal soon.

Jan 07, 2017 05:28 AM #48
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Nina, listening to the news this morning, they talked about quite a bit of snow in Charlotte and thought of you.  Hope you are able to stay in today and stay warm!

Jan 07, 2017 11:37 AM #49
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Joan Cox ~ hi Joan... here in south Charlotte we got a bit of icy rain this morning, but really none of the 9 inches of snow they had been predicting to hit us. But there was plenty of snow not all that far from us. Fridgidly cold, however.

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Hi Nina, these are great tips to prevent pipes from freezing. I usually always turn my water off at the washer when leaving for vacation or even for a day or two. 

Jan 09, 2017 11:05 AM #51
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Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® ~ hi Rebecca, I must admit I always forget that step with the washer and maybe I'm tempting fate. I've followed my own advice on the pipes since Friday night and have had no issues, but there are a ton of neighbors who woke up on Sunday, especially, to frozen pipes.

Jan 09, 2017 11:11 AM #52
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